This technique is also described on the page
Clasps. Visit that
page to view other types of clasps made with
You can use this design to make bracelet and
necklace clasps, using cord materials under 2mm
To make a very nice belt buckle using a large
fancy button, all you need is thicker material, to
make the clasp design larger. In the example
shown, I used 4mm material, which was suitable for
a belt closure.
Step 1: To practice, cut 2
cords, each at least 45 inches long.
In an actual project, the working
cord should be cut longer than the
Secure both cords to your project board,
vertically. The pins should be in the center of
the cords. You will be working from the
center towards the ends.
Secure the holding cord lower down, so it has
tension. The working cord should be on the
Below are the two steps showing you how to tie
a Vertical Larks Head knot:
Make the first loop by passing the working
- over the holding cord. As
you bring it to the right, cross over
the working cord. (clockwise)
The second half is made the
- over - under.
Position the Larks Head knot so it rests against
the pins at the center. Tighten both
halves of the knot firmly.
Step 2: Tie 3 or more
knots, depending on the size you need (1.5
times button size).
example: You have a 1/2-inch
button, so tie enough knots to measure
1.5 times that size, which is
3: Turn the first half of the
design around, and go back to the center.
Tie the same
number of knots for the second
You need to rotate counter-clockwise
to make the two loops.
4: Form the Buttonhole
Clasp by making a circle with the knots,
when you bring the ends together.
Tie a Square knot with the two working
cords, around the holding
cords. Tighten it
On the other end of the item you are making,
attach a button, bead, or tie a decorative knot to
form the other end of the clasp.
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